The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) continues its remarkable streak of achievements, with the triumphant Chandrayaan-3 mission and the ongoing success of the Aditya L1 mission. On October 6, ISRO executed a crucial Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM) on the Aditya L1 spacecraft, marking a significant milestone in India's maiden solar mission.
Amid these triumphs, India's cosmic aspirations reach beyond the sun, towards the enigmatic Venus, with the eagerly awaited Venus Orbiter Mission, affectionately dubbed the 'Shukrayaan-l mission.' This mission marks India's maiden endeavor to explore the mysteries of the second planet from the sun.
ISRO's illustrious Chief, S Somanath, recently disclosed that the Venus mission has taken shape, with several instrumental payloads currently in the development phase.
India's Venus Mission Objectives
The Shukrayaan-l mission is poised to unravel the enigma that is Venus. It is set to delve into an extensive study of the planet's atmosphere and surface, aiming to uncover its hidden secrets, from structural intricacies to dynamic forces and geological compositions. The mission will find its path to the stars aboard either the GSLV Mk II or GSLV Mk III launch vehicles.
This ambitious venture will also scrutinize the interplay between the solar wind and the Venusian ionosphere. Furthermore, it encompasses a critical surface experiment that will shed light on the interactions between Venus' atmosphere and its solid surface. This promises a deeper understanding of processes such as erosion, weathering, and other geological phenomena.
Launch Date Update
Originally slated for launch in December 2024, recent reports suggest a potential delay pushing the mission's launch date to 2031. While the anticipation remains palpable, ISRO's meticulous preparations ensure that the Shukrayaan-l mission will undoubtedly be worth the wait, promising a groundbreaking voyage to the intriguing realm of Venus.